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20 years later, Ghost players remember Field of Dreams

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's hard to believe that on this day in 1989, the film ''Field of Dreams'' was released in theaters. That movie put Iowa and the small town of Dyersville on the map; giving meaning to the famous 'if you build it, they will come."

The scene at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque looks like opening night. The projectors rolling. The popcorn's popping. And the seats are full.

"20 years later you find out that it really wasn't a baseball movie. It was about father, son, life and everything else. And i think that's what we did," said Ghost player Hank Lucas.

But tonight is the 20 year anniversary of the debut film - Field of Dreams - the film takes place here in Iowa. And tonight - dozens of players from the movie are watching the documentary "Relive the Dream" - remembering what happened after the film.

"The ghost players were a lot of the guys that were actually in the movie, field of dreams, and after it was released then people started coming out to the movie site," said Keith Rahe, a Ghost player.

As the movie site grew in popularity -- so did the famous ghost players.

"A bunch of us came out of the corn one sunday afternoon in late summer 1990 and pitched to the tourists and disappeared into the corn," said Rahe.

The group toured the U.S. for a few years, followed by seven tours overseas; serving as ambassadors for the area.

"Not only of the love of the game of baseball but the love of the area and be able to have take that on the road and effect so many people's lives through out the world," said Rahe.

The irony here - on the 20th anniversary of the movie's debut -- these men are seeing themselves on screen again -- remembering what they helped build.

Because of the tough economy -- owners of the movie site donated $5,000 to a local food bank, in place of a celebration.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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